Men's Tennis Off to Strong Start Entering ECAC Indoors
Portions courtesy of ECACSports.com
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League men's tennis spring season has hit the one-month mark with the annual ECAC Division I Men's Tennis Indoor Championship, to be be held this year at Harvard's Murr Center, beginning on Friday, Feb. 18, and concluding with the championship match on Monday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m.
Harvard, which has won two consecutive ECAC indoor tennis championships, will host nine other ECAC member teams including Princeton, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia, Binghamton, St. John's and Boston College. Cornell is the top overall seed and will face the winner of ninth-seeded Boston College and eighth-seeded Columbia following an opening-round bye. Princeton received the second seed in the 2011 championship, and will face the winner of seventh-seeded Dartmouth and 10th-seeded St. John's. Third-seeded Binghamton will face sixth-seeded Yale, with fourth-seeded Harvard facing fifth-seeded Brown.
Three Ivy teams are ranked as of the Feb. 14 ITA rankings with Columbia 45th, Cornell 73rd and Princeton 74th. No Ivy team is below .500 through the first month of the spring season with Brown and Penn sitting at the top of the standings with perfect records. Brown is 5-0 and Penn is 4-0 entering this weekend. The Quakers do not participate in the ECAC Indoors event and are next on the courts Feb. 16 vs. Fordham and Feb. 23 vs. Navy.
In the individual rankings, Cornell senior Andy Gauthier is ranked 92nd in singles while Columbia's doubles duo of Kevin Kung and Nathaniel Gery are 69th and Yale's Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers are 78th.
Following ECAC Indoors tournament, League teams continue the dual match season against non-conference foes before the Ivy matches begin in late March.